Westworld

Day 30. 161 pages, 58,131 words.

Okay, so first of all, I had no idea the original ’70s movie, Westworld, was Michael Crichton’s work. I had no idea he’d been around so long, since he only showed up on my radar when Jurassic Park and Congo went big. That’s my bad.

Now, as BRKN said while we were watching this, someone really needs to sit down with Crichton and get to the bottom of his deep-seated horror of amusement parks … but I think it goes beyond a simple phobia. Crichton has a problem with all forms of technological advancement in the hands of human beings.

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And for “problem”, read “realistic opinion of”.

We sat down with the BRKNs and the Paloki last night for an impromptu viewing of the opening episodes of the modern TV series remake. Many thanks for the excellent company, and for the spontaneous and casual ease with which the whole thing was set up and managed to work out. Also, pizza and bubble tea. No Tard Mahals this time, although we did teeter on the dangerous precipice of trying that shit again.

The remake of the old movie is just as chilling as the original, although I’ve only seen the first couple of episodes so far. And it’s going to be fun to see where they head with it. The different “levels” to the game are intriguing, and Ed Harris is excellent. I’m also enjoying the Western-themed sountrack where they’re rebooting a bunch of relatively modern rock and pop songs into saloon music.

Of course, the whole thing is just hilariously interwoven with the Simpsons episode about Itchy and Scratchy Land, which was in itself a wonderful homage to the original Westworld and, obviously, Jurassic Park.

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“I really wish they wouldn’t scream.”

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I keep waiting for one of the technicians to assure guests that “nothing can possiblye go wrong.”

There have been numerous references to other facets of the game, although whether those worlds now exist concurrently or have been discontinued (“Westworld” now seems to be the name of the attraction, as opposed to “Delos” in the original, but I’m not doing much research here), I’m not sure yet. I think the Medieval and Ancient Rome regions and characters have been re-worked into the Old West area, but the 3D map in the control centre suggests there’s a lot more going on.

Lots of fun. Well worth a look. Just … you know, it’s HBO, so expect titties and blood.

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I think this is what Ed Harris’s next clue is going to reveal about the maze.

There’s a lot more to unpack here but I don’t have much time and of course, like I say, I’m only two episodes in.

I also missed the last bit of the second episode due to all the noisy shit going on in the house at the time and Vuta deciding there was still half an hour of the episode to go and that they had to get up and leave like right now, so I’m not sure what the little black tower-things are and what Anthony Hopkins is up to. Guess we’ll find out more later.

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10 Responses to Westworld

  1. stchucky says:

    Hilariously, now I’m doing a little research into this, Majel Barrett played the Old West madame in the original.

  2. brknwntr says:

    You didn’t miss much, there is a black tower with a cross on it. Sort of like a steeple topper but sitting on the ground. It leads one to suspect that whatever Hopkins is working on is going to be dark, and possibly full of some sort of iconography. That’s it.

  3. atthematinee says:

    Nice post, can’t wait for episode 3. Have you shared your writing on any tv sites before?

  4. aaronthepatriot says:

    LOL only skimming because I’m sold, imma try to watch this. Cheers!

    • stchucky says:

      Good call, I think it’s super interesting and isn’t as lurid as, say, Game of Thrones. A bit more scalping, a bit less girl-on-girl action. Swings and roundabouts.

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